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About Carol Hedges

Carol Hedges is the successful author of fifteen novels for teenagers and adults. Her books have been shortlisted for various prizes: her YA novel Jigsaw was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal and her historical novel Diamonds & Dust was listed for the 2013 CWA Historical Dagger. She is a cancer survivor, a vintage car driver, a cat owner and a doting grandma. She is currently writing the fifth book in her Victorian Crime series. She blogs on her website http://carolhedges.blogspot.com and posts on Facebook and Twitter about her life, her writing and minding her small granddaughter.
Latest Posts | By Carol Hedges
The More the Merrier – Getting Used to Having a New Grandchild in Your Life
5 days ago

The More the Merrier – Getting Used to Having a New Grandchild in Your Life

By  •  Family

A couple of years ago I started minding my one-year-old granddaughter for two days a week when my daughter returned to work after her maternity leave ended. If you didn’t know, you can catch up with one of the weekly blog posts I wrote here. Read More

Finding the Funny Side of Bureaucracy: How to Deal with Red Tape Without Seeing Red
2 months ago

Finding the Funny Side of Bureaucracy: How to Deal with Red Tape Without Seeing Red

By  •  Lifestyle

The older I get, the more I am reduced to gibbering incandescence by all the red-tapery that loops round every aspect of modern day life. You too? Thought so. Read More

A Fit of Jeanius: Forget the “Experts!” Women Over 60 Still Love their Jeans
4 months ago

A Fit of Jeanius: Forget the “Experts!” Women Over 60 Still Love their Jeans

Much clucking has been caused in the world of this older fashionista following a recent pronouncement from UK journalist and agony aunt Virginia Ironside. Ms. Ironside has come right out and said it. In her opinion, no woman over 50 should be wearing jeans, unless she is a professional gardener. Read More

What it’s Really Like to Live with a Writer
5 months ago

What it’s Really Like to Live with a Writer

By  •  Family

As most of you know, along with my many, many talents for losing my phone, tripping over imaginary steps and forgetting… umm… whatever it was I have just forgotten, I also write Victorian crime fiction books for a living. Read More

10 Autumn Aspirations to Help You Get More from Life After 60
6 months ago

10 Autumn Aspirations to Help You Get More from Life After 60

By  •  Lifestyle

So it’s Autumn, season of mists and something somethings, as the poet says. (No, he doesn’t but that’s the best I can do).

It is therefore time for this creaky post 60 writer to think about drawing up my list of new year resolutions. Read More

Being a Grandmother is the Best Job in The World
8 months ago

Being a Grandmother is the Best Job in The World

By  •  Family

The Announcement

I clearly remember the day the job started. It was summer. Bright sunshine pouring through the open window of my daughter’s London flat. We were visiting for Sunday lunch and making small talk with her lovely husband while she put the finishing touches to the meal. Read More

How Starting a Blog in My 60s Impressed, Inspired and Baffled My Friends
9 months ago

How Starting a Blog in My 60s Impressed, Inspired and Baffled My Friends

By  •  Lifestyle

I am a great fan of the internet in all its many forms, aren’t you? I love Twitter for the chat and the arguments. I enjoy fashion and makeup selfies from people who look to be just out of their rompers. I am fascinated by all those life affirming mission statements. Read More

Let’s Say No to Aging Stereotypes and Embrace Our True Selves
10 months ago

Let’s Say No to Aging Stereotypes and Embrace Our True Selves

By  •  Lifestyle

So, I’m busy deleting all those Facebook sidebar adverts for funeral plans, lawyers who will arrange Power of Attorney and annuity providers when it suddenly hits me: who the cotton-picking heck do these people think I am? Closely followed by: who do I think I am? Read More

Why I’m Editing Out the Expectations About Getting Older
11 months ago

Why I’m Editing Out the Expectations About Getting Older

By  •  Mindset

One of the joys of being a writer in my mid-60s is editing out of my life all the things I really don’t want to do, don’t have time to do, or that other people mistakenly think I ought to do. Read More

List-less in London – The Joys of Getting Busier with Age
12 months ago

List-less in London – The Joys of Getting Busier with Age

By  •  Mindset

Who was it that said they wished they could get to the top of the stairs before they forgot why they wanted to go up there the first place? No, I don’t remember either, but the first three words of that sentence are kind of becoming the leitmotif for my life. Read More